Montreal GM Odds: Patrick Roy Hot Topic After Canadiens Fire Pierre Gauthier

MONTREAL, CANADA - OCTOBER 26: Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier addresses the media on the firing of Asstistant Coach Perry Pearn prior to the NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre on October 26, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Odds on who would be the next Montreal Canadiens GM went up Wednesday. Coincidentally, their current GM got sacked Thursday. Who is favored to take over?

It seems they were jumping the proverbial gun, posting odds Wednesday on who would be the next coach and general manager of the Montreal Canadiens.

After all, Pierre Gauthier was still the general manager and rumored candidates to replace him (Patrick Roy included) had denied anything was happening. So when Gauthier was fired Thursday, Bovada’s Patrick Roy GM odds posted a day earlier suddenly became a hot topic of conversation. And betting, especially in Canada, where hockey is king.

"When the winningest team in NHL history is last in the conference, it means changes are coming, especially in Montreal," said Jack Randall, hockey analyst at OddsShark.com, which provides NHL odds to SBNation.com.

"There were rumors last week that Roy would team with Bob Hartley to take over next season, and that’s where the odds got going."

Roy won two Stanley Cups with the Habs during his Hall of Fame career. He has been alternately coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, the team that sent Guy Lafleur to the NHL four decades ago.

And Hartley, who also speaks French – a key component for any executive in French-speaking Quebec – is a former Colorado Avalanche coach who led that team to the Cup. (The team plays Friday against the East-leading Rangers).

Bovada asked would Roy be the team’s general manager to start next season and set ‘yes’ odds at 3/2. The ‘no’ reply was favored at 1/2. The odds were shorter that he would become the coach (4/7).

Montreal Canadiens GM odds

  • Will Patrick Roy be the Montreal Canadiens general manager for Game 1 of the 2012-13 NHL season? Yes 3/2, No 1/2
  • Will Patrick Roy be the Montreal Canadiens head coach for Game 1 of the 2012-13 NHL season? Yes 4/7, No 5/4
  • Will Bob Hartley be the Montreal Canadiens head coach for Game 1 of the 2012-13 NHL season? Yes 2/1, No 1/3
  • Will Patrick Roy be the Montreal Canadiens general manager for Game 1 of the 2012-13 NHL season? Yes 3/2, No 1/2
  • Will Patrick Roy be the Montreal Canadiens head coach for Game 1 of the 2012-13 NHL season? Yes 4/7, No 5/4
  • Will Bob Hartley be the Montreal Canadiens head coach for Game 1 of the 2012-13 NHL season? Yes 2/1, No 1/3
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.